Joint statement on the ÇHD 1 trial
11 November 2020

Joint statement on the ÇHD 1 trial

Türkiye

Lawyers for Lawyers, together with thirteen other signatories, issued a joint statement on the ÇHD 1 trial, in which a hearing will take place today.

On 11 November 2020, the ÇHD I criminal case, which started in 2013, will continue at the 1st instance, before the 18th Heavy Penal Court in Istanbul. The victims of this long lasting trial are the accused 22 lawyers, all members of the Turkish Lawyers’ Organization ÇHD (Progressive Lawyers of Turkey) and all working in one of the two offices of the People’s Law Office.

In 2018, the prosecution initiated a second criminal case (ÇHD II). Of the 20 lawyers accused in the ÇHD II case, 8 were also accused in the ÇHD I case. In the ÇHDII case, thirteen lawyers have been in custody since September 2017. Half a year after the opening of the proceedings, the accused were sentenced to prison terms between 2 and over 18 years. The sentences were largely confirmed in the Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court.

A fact-finding mission conducted in October 2019 by 23 lawyers’ organizations and bar associations from all over the world, pointed out violations of the `principles of fair trial in the two ÇHD trials in its analysis and report “Fact-finding mission on CHD’s trials, Breach of Fair Trial, Independence of the Judiciary and Principles, on the Role of Lawyers, October 2019, Istanbul” published in June 2020.

In the joint statement, the signatories call on the Turkish authorities, specifically the prosecution, to either acquit the accused or to close the case all together.

Meer nieuws uit Türkiye

15 November 2022

Lawyers convicted to long prison sentences (again)

Türkiye

Introduction After a hearing of 5 days, the Istanbul 18th Heavy Penal Court in Silivri Court House sentenced 19 lawyers to prison sentences up to 20 years and 6 months in the so-called CHD-1 case. This case started in January

Lees verder
11 November 2022

Statement: Delegation of 60+ International observers condemns court Judgment in prosecution of 21 Lawyers from ÇHD and HHB

Türkiye

Delegation of 60+ International Trial Observers Condemns Court Judgment in Decade-Long Criminal Prosecution of 21 Lawyers from ÇHD (Progressive Lawyers Association) and HHB (People’s Law Office): Delegation Warns That “The World is Watching” This week, we – more than 60

Lees verder
10 November 2022

Defending the Rule of law in Türkiye – A PEN Norway and Lawyers for Lawyers event

Türkiye

Last Thursday, Lawyers for Lawyers and PEN Norway hosted an Event on Türkiye’s rule of law and the situation of lawyers in the country. With an enthusiastic audience, the event provided many interesting insights from first hand witnesses. On Thursday

Lees verder
10 November 2022

Lawyers delegation from Europe and the USA observe the CHD trial in Silivri- The trial which already has lasted for 10 years

Türkiye

In 2013, ten years ago, a mass trial started against 22 lawyers, all of them members of the lawyers organisation Progressive Lawyers’ Association (ÇHD, Turkey) and of the Peoples Law Office (HHB). Since then up to three hearings have taken

Lees verder